ABSTRACT

This chapter gives the conflicting data on ecotourism, and the poignant testimonies from Indigenous Peoples of industry's misdeeds; it must be stressed that 'no stone should be left unturned'. This is not a time to be cavalier about sustainability and play one 'expert' opinion off another. People are talking about life systems. The issues skirted by policy-makers are real - not just for affected communities, but for humanity and existence as a whole. They need honesty in future talks on bio-cultural diversity. In ecotourism, the principle of community participation is where dialogue begins, but also where it gets stuck. When cross-cultural issues such as rights and responsibilities enter the discussion it just thickens the mud, unless there is a guiding vision of beauty and soulful living for all. They need to bring our corporate/consumer world to consciousness with regard to impacted Indigenous Peoples, their ancestral lands and our profound a priori interconnectedness. Otherwise, this material world treads on sacred ground.